A mother is looking for answers after an extensive miscarriage investigation

By Beau Ebenezer

A mother is looking for answers after an extensive miscarriage investigation

January 18, 2013 Updated Jan 19, 2013 at 8:48 PM CDT

PEKIN Ill -- A mother is devastated following a police investigation over a miscarriage she suffered last week.

On January 8th, Shayna Spitzack, 25, miscarried, 12 weeks into her pregnancy.

Shortly following the miscarriage, Spitzack decided to have the fetus cremated at a local funeral home.

A funeral home director there told her they would help her and advised her to store the fetus in a small box.

However, a mother's loss became even more tragic after the Preston-Hanley Funeral Home called the Tazewell County Coroner, making sure they needed a permit to cremate the fetus.

They told the coroner's office the fetus may be in refrigeration to preserve tissue.

A miscommunication became obvious when Pekin Police got a call from the coroner's office reporting that an aborted baby was stuffed in the freezer of Shayna Spitzack's apartment.

This prompted a half-dozen police officers to investigate.

"They came in and took me off to the side and said where is it, where is it? They kept saying it, and I was like are you at the right address? What are you here for? They didn't really go into any detail with me at that time," said Spitzack.

"When we realized what it was and that it was a miscarriage, we evacuated. It wasn't a police issue at that time," said Pekin Public Information Officer, Don Jolly.

Tazewell County Coroner, Jeff Baldi then interviewed Spitzack and confiscated the fetus.

Spitzack said he also sent out a subpoena for her medical records.

"I asked for a report I wanted to see what he was writing and why he needed me to sit there and go through all this stuff. It was horrible to sit there and explain it to them. Then he said he did not have a report because he did not even have to investigate in the first place" said Spitzack.

Was this extensive investigation on a mother who just lost her unborn child out of line?

Funeral Home Director, Dean Goff said it was insensitive and unneeded because they could have just confirmed it with Spitzack's mid-wife.

Baldi said he was just following the book.

"20 weeks or less, I'm sorry, but that's the law. I'll draw you to the statutes, and I stick to them," said Baldi.

According to the President of Illinois Coroners and Medical Examiners Association, Baldi followed the law correctly in conducting an investigation on a fetus under 20 weeks of gestation.

However, others may argue it lacked sensitivity.

Spitzack says her fiance wants to possibly take legal action soon.